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11/09/2023 General, Newsletter, Blog
Moving into assisted living is a big decision and there are several common myths about assisted living and retirement villages that can lead to misconceptions and misunderstandings. It is important to acknowledge and dispel these myths in order to have a clearer understanding of what assisted living truly involves and make that all important decision.
Here we dispel some of the most common myths:
MYTH: They are only Suitable if you have Medical Needs:
Assisted living isn't solely for individuals with medical needs. In fact, you don’t need to have any care provision at all when moving into assisted living or a retirement village. However, if needed and when the time is right, it is suitable for seniors who require some assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medication management. It's not limited to individuals with severe medical conditions. The care is entirely bespoke to the resident’s needs.
MYTH: It Means a Loss of Independence:
People often think that moving to an assisted living facility means losing all independence. Assisted living is designed to provide much-needed support, while allowing residents to maintain as much independence as possible. Residents have their own private apartments and can engage in various activities and make choices about their daily routines, whilst knowing they are in safe hands should they need anything urgently.
MYTH: It is an Institutional Environment:
Some people believe wrongly that assisted living facilities have an institutional and clinical feel. However, most modern assisted living communities and retirement villages are designed to provide a comfortable, home-like environment. They offer amenities, activities, and social opportunities to create a vibrant and engaging atmosphere for residents, which is much better than being isolated.
MYTH: There will be a Loss of Social Connection:
Some believe that leaving home and moving into assisted living leads to social isolation. Retirement Villages and assisted living facilities actually encourage social interaction through group activities, outings, and communal dining. This can in turn help seniors maintain and develop new social connections, rather than them losing the critical social connection.
MYTH: It is too Expensive and Unaffordable:
Although assisted living can be costly, the perception that it's unaffordable for everyone is a myth. When comparing to care homes, some will find that the cost is comparable to or even less than these or living in their own homes when considering all expenses.
MYTH: Everyone is Treated the Same:
Assisted living communities offer a range of options and services tailored to each individual's needs. The idea that all residents receive the same level of care and services is inaccurate. Care plans are personalised to cater to specific needs and preferences and residents can get involved with social activities as much or as little as they want.
MYTH: There will be a Loss of Privacy:
Concerns about a lack of privacy are common, moving into integrated communities, but assisted living facilities are designed to balance communal living with residents' privacy needs. Residents have their own private living spaces and can choose the level of interaction they desire.
MYTH: End of the Road and end of Enjoyment:
Finally, there is a misconception that moving to assisted living signifies the end of enjoying life. It is quite the contrary! Retirement villages and assisted living communities offer a range of engaging activities, outings, and events that can enhance residents' quality of life and keep them active and fulfilled. Often staying at home in their own home can lead to them being cut off from society and feeling isolated. These communities can actually bring a whole new lease of life!
It's important to thoroughly research and visit different assisted living facilities to get an accurate understanding of what they offer and how they align with your or your loved one's needs and preferences.
We create beautiful, aspirational places for residents over 60 to enjoy later life, in safe, secure and homely surroundings. We welcome communities of people who want to enjoy life to the full and guarantee that your friends and family will love to visit. Each retirement village is unique, with its own character and core amenities, creating relaxing, yet vibrant environments where new friendships are made, and everyone is welcomed. You can find out about each one here. Which one takes your fancy?
We know that considering a move to a retirement village is a very personal one and a choice that has to feel right for you. Our village sales advisors are always available at the end of the phone to discuss and talk through any questions you may have.
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